I was recently discussing the evidence for the Resurrection with a Christian blogger, but before getting very far at all into the subject and without even asking my educational background on the subject, he said:
“Gary, you haven’t read enough scholarship.”
Oh my. How many times have I heard that statement from Christians! I then posted a list of all the books I have read by Christian scholars on this subject (it is getting rather lengthy, I am proud to say).
The Christian was taken back. He was forced to change tactics. He finally responded with…
“Gary, no matter how many scholars’ books you read, you will never see the truth of Christianity unless the Holy Spirit reveals it to you.”
“That’s it! That’s it!” I said to myself. “That’s just what I expected. No matter how many scholars’ books I read, it will never be enough for Christians. It will never be enough until I agree with them. And if I don’t agree with them, it is because their (holy) ghost has not worked his magic on my brain.”
Magic is not real, folks. Magic is for children.
If the truth claims of Christianity were true based on evidence, Christians wouldn’t need to appeal to magic-working ghosts. So the real truth is that the validity of Christianity has nothing to do with evidence, my friends. The validity of Christianity is based on luring you in with promises of love (or scaring you in with promises of eternal punishment) to convince you to believe first, and then pointing you to (biased) evidence that supports their beliefs.
That is the methodology of a cult. That is not the methodology of a rational belief system. Dear Reader: Just as with every other claim that you confront in life, believe or disbelieve the claims of Christianity based on evidence, not based on emotional appeals and stories of ghosts.